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Getting the 'band back together

We're not saying the headband had anything to do with it, but LeBron James looked much more like his normal self in the first quarter, as the Cavs took a 38-18 lead. Follow live

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Marc Stein @ESPNSteinLine

Story going online now: ESPN sources say Chicago's Jimmy Butler will be named NBA's Most Improved Player later this week

Cavs blowing out Bulls early

The Bulls have outscored LeBron James and his headband by 2 points. Unfortunately for Chicago, James has teammates, and they've helped the Cavs take a 28-14 lead late in the first quarter. Follow live

Dave McMenamin @mcten

LeBron just subbed himself out of the game 4 minutes into it. Looks like his Game 1 vs BOS when he purposely burned himself out early

Will we see 'Hack-a-Noah'?

Joakim Noah missed his first 2 free throws tonight, and is now just 1-for-14 from the line this postseason. The Cavs have opened up an early 13-2 lead. Follow live

Nick Friedell @NickFriedell

You know you've reached a high level in pop culture when people actually care whether or not you wear a headband while doing your job.

Cavs look to avoid 0-2 hole vs. Bulls

LeBron James wasn't pleased with himself or his team after their Game 1 loss: "We all have to be better. I have to be better. I wasn't that good." Cleveland's first chance to improve comes at home in Game 2, when James looks to avoid dropping the first two games of a series for the first time since 2008. Follow live


LeBron's worst postseason start

Tom Haberstroh has figured out why LeBron James is struggling by his standards. So far this postseason, he is averaging 11 isolation plays per game, which is equal to his last two playoffs combined. Too much one-on-one (Insider)

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If Bulls win, it must be now

"Everything is at stake. The coach. The roster. The future. The incredible rarity of being here, now, and battling a compromised opponent." Shelburne: Last best chance

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Skip Bayless @RealSkipBayless

Good news: LeBron's going back to his headband tonite! Doesn't need to "look like teammates." Needs to play like King James. This will help.

Sarah Spain @SarahSpain

First time in months he's back to the headband. Either he's having a bad hair(line) day or the Bulls are in his head a bit.

LeBron's been here before vs. Bulls

The Bulls took Game 1 on the road against the Cavaliers, but that's no reason to count out King James & Co. LeBron has fallen behind 1-0 in two previous playoff matchups with the Bulls, and his teams never lost another game in either series.

Chris Paul doubtful for Game 2

Clippers coach Doc Rivers doesn't expect to have his star tonight. Adds Paul of his hamstring injury: "It's one of those things where you don't want to make it worse than it already is."


Rest pays off for Rose

Derrick Rose led the Bulls to victory with 25 points in Game 1, but Chicago’s PG hasn’t been nearly as efficient when he gets just one day of rest -- which is all he'll have before tonight's Game 2.

Cavaliers cancel arm slings giveaway

The Cavs planned to give away 20,000 arm slings to fans to show support for injured F Kevin Love, who dislocated his shoulder in the opening round of the playoffs, but the team cancelled the promotion. Cleveland will hand out white towels for tonight's Game 2 vs. the Bulls.

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